Last year Barbara Mitchell, me and KEXP kicked off a little thing called PDXplore. The idea was to have Portland bands perform in Seattle and vise versa. A simple idea really; when it comes to live music the view from down here in Portland and the view from up there in Seattle is not dissimilar…..both cities have thriving music scenes and loads of talent and both cities have supportive music communities and plenty of music fans. Of course it goes without saying that Portland doesn’t have the benefit of a station as cool as KEXP.
PDXplore has been hopping along at Seattle’s Sunset Tavern since late summer last year and Portland bands such as Heroes and Villains, Norfolk and Western, Laura Gibson and Fernando have graced the stage there. Last weekend it was Portland’s turn to play host to Seattle bands Transmissionary Six and Trespassers William who joined with Portland band The High Violets and new-folk sensation Alela Diane at Holocene. We couldn’t have had a better lineup for the inaugural show, the audience turned out in droves and all was well.
I had the good fortune to be able to interview Alela Diane for my podcast which you can check out below. I also interviewed Trespassers William and that podcast will follow real soon.
This week the Moose is especially pleased to be able to talk to the wonderful Alela Diane who recently released her album The Pirate’s Gospel on Portland’s Holocene Music label. Alela discusses how growing up in Nevada City, CA moulded her outlook on life and how it informed her music and songs, how she thinks the idea of KEXP’s PDXplore program is a good one and tells us about new songs she has up her sleeve. In the podcast you will here The Rifle from her album and also two new cuts – My Brambles from a UK vinyl-only album and Dry Grass and Shadows from the compilation CD The Family Album released on The Grass Roots Record Company. You can also view a video excerpt from the interview where Alela discusses her 10″ viny-only release in the UK here.
pdx ripped #16, an interview with Alela Diane – (MP3)